Klamath Falls, Ore. – Klamath Falls businesses have been hit hard by efforts to prevent Coronavirus, but the Chamber of Commerce is stepping up to help ease those impacts.
Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Director Heather Tramp has been working closely with Klamath Falls businesses to find where they need help most.
“That’s one thing we haven’t stopped on.” Notes Tramp. “Our Government Affairs Committee is on top of writing to our legislators – this is what our businesses need, as you are looking for relief for them.”
Most businesses on Main Street in Klamath Falls have closed, though others are taking steps to adapt.
“Our restaurants have really been effected with the restrictions.” Tramp confirms. “So I appreciate all the citizens that have gone out to support them.”
But along with the ‘closed’ signs, there are also some messages of encouragement.
They need messages of positivity.” Affirms Tramp. “And then they are looking for some relief, and that’s something that we are doing through advocacy efforts – is trying to be the voice for what they need, when the government is looking for resources to offer them.”
The Chamber’s website features a page focused on business and Coronavirus which it hopes can serve as a resource to local businesses.
You’ll find a link to the Chamber website here: klamath.org
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.